How to Start a Shopify Store in 4 Easy Steps

There are over 1 million sellers on Shopify!

Of these merchants, over 350,000 have purchased paid and customized themes for their Shopify stores.

There’s a reason why all these people, businesses, and brands have chosen Shopify as their eCommerce platform of choice.

Do you know how to start a Shopify store? We’ve got you covered with the 4 easy steps you need to start your eCommerce empire, keep reading!

How to Start a Shopify Store

Your absolute first step is to register on the Shopify website. You will need to create a username and password in order to kickstart your store.

Your store name is going to need to be unique though, for Shopify to accept it, so do a little digging before you choose what your store will be called.

1. Add Products

Once you’re through the signup process, Shopify will direct you to the admin page. This is where you get to add products or customize your store or do any cool admin things.

Consider this: The images that show up next to your product can either make or break your chances of making a sale. So it makes sense to choose images that will appeal to your target audience.

2. Customize Your Store

Click on “Customize the Look of Your Site” to choose what your site looks like This part asks you to change everything from the logos to the color. To do this, you’ll have to play around with a few things. You should consider navigating to “Visit Theme Store.”

As well as free themes being great, premium themes can be very appealing to a lot of people. Getting a professional theme might be worth it if you want to change everything about how your website looks. Look here for good ideas on web design.

3. Customize Your Domain

As with all brands, it’s always a good idea to ensure that your website name directly reflects your brand. Your Shopify store should behave no differently.

It’s important to keep in mind that you can either buy a domain name from Shopify and have it added to your business, or you may buy a domain name elsewhere and import it to Shopify.

4. Setup Your Payment Portals

Shopify comes with its own payment processor or you can select from numerous other options. Go through the steps to add payment options for your shoppers; you’ll need this so that people can pay for your goods and you can transfer that money to your bank account. Visit AfterSell, you can see the last step in your online checkout process and what the customers see after they hit the pay now button on checkout. 

Consider things like card types and transaction fees when you’re selecting your payment partner.

Successfully ‘Shopifying’ Your Brand

Knowing how to start a Shopify store is the first step in your eCommerce journey. Once you’ve got a store, you’re going to start to need to consider things like marketing your products and even social media platforms to spread the word.

That first sale is going to feel so good and from there, it’s only going to get better! Stick to your marketing strategy and measure that performance so you know what you’re doing right.

If you want some good ideas for marketing your new Shopify store, head on over to our digital marketing category!